Friday, July 20, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2050:
George Zimmerman's Interview on Fox -
Microexpression of Contempt and
Duping Delight

In this excerpt from George Zimmerman's interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, there are many body language signals, but one segment in particular is quite interesting. At the 1:01 mark, Zimmerman says, "I feel it was all God's plan, and for me to second-guess it, or judge it ...." At this point, he displays a "twisted smile" mouth expression - with a subtle upturned mouth on his right and the left corner of his mouth frowning. This is concomitant with a lateral head shake. This wry-smile is a form of "duping delight" (Ekman) and highly consistent with insincere and duplicitous emotions - strongly signaling emotional dissonance.

Moreover, halfway through this statement (at the 1:02 - 1:03 mark), George Zimmerman flashes a microexpression of contempt on his right side (mouth corner, mid-face). Although, it is not clear for whom he feels contempt (possibly himself), this highly reliable and unconscious display leave us no doubt of his true feelings. Contempt coupled with his verbal statement also indicates to us that he does NOT believe the events were part of "God's plan". Trayvon Martin's parents not surprisingly disagree.